A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear. But when Marlowe next encounters Lavery, he's denying nothing - on account of the two bullet holes in his heart. Now Marlowe's on the trail of a killer, who leads him out of smoggy LA all the way to a murky mountain lake...
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Tell us about yourself! I love my audiobooks, and listen to them all the time, at work and home. Crime dramas and British comedy are best.
This is very dark stuff... but as always, the beautiful dialogue, tense and dense plotting, and fine acting elevate this classic above other so-called 'hard-boiled' thrillers. as always the protagonist is a woman, and what a schemer she is... i won't give the game away, but this is one of chandler's best, despite its very dark heart and horribly unhappy ending. the ed bishop version gives more of the original story, but this is sharp and entertaining nonetheless (the slimeball character chris lavery is very well realised here). another bravura performance from the ensemble cast and atmospheric music drag you into the waters of little fawn lake...
"Far Too Much Content To Condense Into 1.5 Hours"
As great as the performance in this radio play was, it just seemed rushed. Almost as if they were struggling to fit in EVERY little detail from the original book into their 1.5 hour time limit. The result comes across as confusing at times due to how quickly paced the story is being presented.
"Why did they change the story?"
They needed to make it fit in the time allocated so they butchered the novel.
What would Raymond Chandler do? Not do this travesty. At least they did not invent another character to conveniently move the plot along quickly this time - they just cut a slew out.
I listened to a couple of these "dramatized" versions. It is first person narration. Geez, morons one guy doing it all is OK. If he can't do a voice exactly that is OK since it is Marlowe imitating them.
"Fun, though English dialect is obvious"
Slick, cool, moody
Never heard the narrator before, but I get the feeling that he's English, since he does not pronounce American words correctly. For example, the word "idear" for "idea". In America, only certain southerners put the letter "R" at the end of the vowel "A" and it's not nearly as pronounced. Philip Marlowe isn't southern, so this is a grave mistake since it's said over and over and over again.
There isn't a single moment that moved me since this is noir. I just love the dialogue, music and descriptive writing. This is truly a lot of fun. Other than what I've mentioned, I really enjoyed it. I just wish it were longer.
It's too short. I've not read the paper book, so I can't say that it's similar. It's just that this says it's unabridged and maybe it is. It just doesn't seem like it with only three chapters.
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